Depression, Major Depressive Disorder & Feeling Depressed
Everyone feels unhappy from time to time. With depression, however, feelings of sadness are persistent and affect daily life. Depression is a mental health issue and can be understood and treated using a variety of approaches.
My treatment approach for depression
I work very differently to other mental health professionals. For example, I do not do talking therapy/counselling, and I don’t teach mindfulness.
Nor I do not try to change your behaviour or identify your triggers (CBT). And I do not solely give suggestions on how to change via hypnotherapy while you relax and listen. My sessions are interactive and involve you and make you work.
As I do not treat symptoms, instead, I treat the root cause so the symptoms, so depression goes as a result of that. Depression is mostly caused by trauma.
Most mental health professionals and therapists solely focus on treating the symptom and not the root cause, which is why it usually takes many months to see any improvement after spending thousands of pounds. And that is not a rapid change. Neuroscience, research, and treatment methods have advanced and changed. I know as I have trained in the latest techniques.
My clients come and see me when all other avenues failed.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression affects you more than the short episodes of unhappiness that everyone experiences occasionally.
Do you experience?
- Low mood that persists over several weeks
- Losing interest in life and feeling hopeless about the future
- Losing interest in hobbies you used to enjoy
- Loss of self-confidence
- Thinking critically about yourself
- Increased anxiety
- Finding it harder to make decisions
- Feeling unable to cope with tasks that used to be manageable.
- Experiencing exhaustion and lacking motivation
- Feeling restless and agitated.
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Avoiding social events and activities you used to enjoy
Is Depression holding you back?
If you suffer from depression, you know how incapacitating it can be.
Is this you?
Have you tried different kinds of therapy, but none of them worked?
Do you feel like you are stuck?
Are you tired of feeling numb?
Do you feel disconnected?
Would you like to make it go away forever? Do you wonder if that is even possible?
I can help you overcome depression and regain control of your life.
I suffered from severe anxiety and PTSD for over 30 years, had CBT, group therapy, and counselling which only made things worse. I tried to cope by drinking. My friend recommended Venka; it was my last attempt at treatment. She gave me a safe place to be myself, and she fixed me, glued me somehow back together in three sessions with 'homework' in between. Powerful stuff that changed my life.
EMDR was recommended to me by a couple of people. I was at a crisis point and felt backed into a corner with nowhere else to go. So I figured that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I was dealing with recurring nightmares and anxiety around two frightening incidents in my life. Both were affecting my day to day life, and both were affecting my relationship with my boyfriend.
I had tried conventional therapy. It didn't help because my pattern of thinking never changed, instead I would over complicate the issue by talking non stop about it. It would throw up feelings and thoughts that were not helpful to me.
I was skeptical but open-minded to try Venka's method of Bi Lateral Analysis Stimulation Technique (improved EMDR). It was deceptively simple. I followed instructions, answered honestly, and relaxed into the process. I wanted it to work; I didn't want to fight the process or try to outsmart it. After the first session, I feel less frightened. My heart doesn't race in the middle of the night, and men don't scare me the way they did. I can sift through negative thought patterns and think a lot more clearly now. A past experience is no longer crippling me—no more panic attacks.
It took longer and was more expensive to run from my past than it was to confront it and heal from it.
I saw Venka to help me overcome my PTSD from a serious car accident as traditional counselling only made it worse. Venka was very reassuring and calm. The treatment took about 1.5 hours, and I left feeling completely different, relaxed, and lighter. I no longer have flashbacks.
I had been seeing a psychotherapist in Bond Street previous to making an appointment with Venka. The first session was a deep-dive into my limbic system, and Venka was a calm, empathetic, and professional guide. She adapted the session to suit my needs. I left feeling lighter, yet more grounded.
The problem I contacted Venka for was anxiety-related, with significant life changes coming up and a new relationship that caused me anxiety as well. At worst of times, the endless “thinking loops” caused me sleeping issues where I couldn’t fall asleep as well as waking up a lot during the night. These sleeping issues started a few years ago when I had some other life changes going on, so it seems to be a recurring thing that I don’t seem to be able to relax when stressed or in times of uncertainty. I had tried CBT before when I had sleeping issues.
I always felt good after a session, and it certainly helped me to be more aware of my thinking patterns. However, I didn’t think that I had any useful tools in an acute crisis when overthinking. Venka was very welcoming, she made me feel comfortable, and we had an initial chat about the problem I’d like to tackle. After the session, I had a weird sensation in my body – I felt exhausted but incredibly relaxed and relieved at the same time.
It’s tough to describe. The exercises Venka taught me, particularly the one where I’m “parenting myself,” has an impact on me to this day, and I revisit this thought whenever I feel lonely or anxious. It has a soothing effect on me, and I calm down more quickly.